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Medical professionals, social policy makers, and the media have all declared that Canada is in the grip of an obesity epidemic. Conceptualizing obesity as a biological condition, these experts insist that it needs to be “prevented” and “managed.”
Obesity in Canada takes a broader, critical perspective of our supposed epidemic. Examining obesity in its cultural and historical context, the book’s contributors ask how we measure health and wellness, where our attitudes to obesity develop from, and what the consequences are of naming and targeting as “obese” those whose body weights do not match our expectations. A broad survey of the issues surrounding the obesity panic in Canada, it is the first collection of fat studies and critical obesity studies from a distinctly Canadian perspective.
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Jenny Ellison is the Curator of Sport and Leisure at the Canadian Museum of History.
Deborah McPhail is an assistant professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences in the Max Rady College of Medicine at the University of ManitobaWendy Mitchinson is a Canadian historian and a Distinguished Professor Emerita in University of Waterloo.
"This book is excellent! The text combines an impressive collection of work that highlights the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality and socio-economic perspectives in our discussion about obesity. The scholarship is current and makes unique contributions to the field of fat studies."(Esther D. Rothblum, Professor of Women’s Studies, San Diego State University)
"This is an interesting and often provocative collection that remedies large gaps in the scholarly literature. I know of no other book that focuses on obesity in the Canadian context in a critical fashion."(Katie LeBesco, Associate Dean, Marymount Manhattan College)
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Book Description Univ of Toronto Pr, 2016. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 483 pages. 9.25x6.50x1.25 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk144265063X